No. 24 Marquette Draws at Seton Hall 3-3

John Pothast
Nov. 1, 2014

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The No. 24 Marquette University men's soccer team (7-5-4, 1-3-4 BIG EAST) battled to a 3-3 draw Saturday against Seton Hall (4-7-5, 1-4-3) after 110 minutes of action at Owen T. Carroll Field.

The match started as wild as it would finish as the three goals for, in addition to the three goals against, were the highest single-game totals this season for the Golden Eagles, who erased a pair of one-goal deficits as well as led for a period of time Saturday.

"The irony of the whole thing is we looked a lot more creative in the attacking third," said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "We scored three goals and had three more good opportunities, I thought, but lacked the resilience to stop the break."

With winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour, temperatures in the low 40s and a steady rainfall, both offenses seemed undeterred as each side found the back of the net in the opening four minutes of the contest.

Victor Manosalvas opened the scoring in the second minute on an assist by teammate Bolu Akinyode. Manosalvas dribbled down the left side of the box before tapping a shot with the outside of his right foot that pinged off the far post and into the net to give the home side an early 1-0 advantage.

Marquette striker C. Nortey tallied the equalizer moments later on a back-post header served into the box by David Selvaggi from 25 yards out on the right channel. It was Nortey's team-leading sixth goal of the season (26th of his collegiate career) and first since St. John's (Oct. 11).

Akinyode, who was one of 11 Pirates celebrating Senior Night, made it 2-1 when he scored unassisted in the 25th minute with a perfectly placed strike that snuck inside the far post from 16 yards.

MU had a number of near-chances in the first half, including a header by John Pothast that was saved off the line by a Pirates' defender and, with time ticking down, a header by Coco Navarro that beat the Seton Hall goalkeeper but not before time had expired.

Pothast would end up getting his first tally of the season in the second half to tie it up at 2-2 in the 62nd minute. Louis Bennett II served a free kick into the box that was flicked to the far post off the head of Luis Trude and Pothast volleyed it past the SHU keeper. It was the center back's first score of the year and first of his goal since his true freshman season in 2012, while Trude was credited with his first-ever point for the Blue & Gold.

MU grabbed its first lead of the game - and its first lead since the 2-0 home win over St. John's - in the 65th minute, 3-2, on a left-footed strike by Bennett II that was assisted by Nortey.

Another header by Navarro in the 73rd minute nearly doubled the Golden Eagles' advantage, but Seton Hall was able to knot it back up at 3-3 in the 75th minute off a second-phase goal that Mateusz Brela struck off the inside of the right post from the top of the 18-yard box.

"Seton Hall's goals were exceptional," Bennett added. "The lead up to those goals, I think we could have done much better on and that's the hard part. What I'm proud of is the character of this team and the way they kept their head in a pressure situation."

Marquette left back Jake Taylor saved a ball off the line in the 89th minute to keep the score level on a shot by the Pirates' Danny Bartok that had beat MU goalie Charlie Lyon.

The first 10-minute overtime period yielded no shots for either side as both teams chased the golden goal. MU had two opportunities for the game-winner in the second half, including a header from six yards out by an unmarked Bennett who sent the ball wide right.

Lyon came up with two saves in the final 30 seconds of extra time to keep the draw. He finished with four stops and faced 14 shots on the evening.

The defending BIG EAST champion Golden Eagles control their own postseason destiny heading into Friday's regular-season finale against DePaul.

MU's result Saturday gave the team seven points in league play and eliminated St. John's from conference tournament contention. But three other teams are still alive for the sixth and final spot in the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship going into the final week of the regular season.

Currently on the outside looking in are Butler (5 points), which hosts No. 11 Providence tomorrow and has two matches left, along with Seton Hall (6 points) and DePaul (5 points).

Kickoff between Marquette and DePaul next Friday, Nov. 7 is set for 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields. There will be a short Senior Night ceremony before the match, which can be seen live on GoMarquette.com.

MU Starters: Lyon; Taylor, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, Trude, Bennett II; Navarro, Nortey, Selvaggi; Subs: Szczepanek, McBride, Jansson

 

 

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